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2011 Latour

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Pauillac
96 (WS)
One of the original 1st Growths in 1855, Latour's reputation for making consistently outstanding wine continues to this day. The consistency of its wines can, to an extent, be attributed to the fact that, since 1670, the estate has only ever had 3 owners. Originally acquired by the Segur family, Latour remained in the hands of their heirs until 1963 when the estate came under British ownership with acclaimed wine writers Hugh Johnson and Harry Waugh serving as advisors. Since 1993, the estate has been under the ownership of Francois Pinault, a lifelong fan of the wines of Latour who, since taking charge, has overseen a string of incredible vintages. Since Pinault took the helm, Latour has been characterised by extraordinary levels of concentration, richness, and structure. Most significantly, following the 2011 vintage Latour opted out of the traditional En Primeur system with the intention of cellaring their wines themselves and only releasing each vintage as and when they believe it is ready. Hence the reason you will find fewer recent vintages of Latour offered than the other leading Bordeaux properties.

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2011 Latour

96 (WS)
From £4,600 6/12 pack case(s) available

2011 Latour

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Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
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Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
96 (WS)
BTL
2
0
0
0
£4,600
12
MAG
0
2
0
0
£4,800
6
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£5,552.14
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£5,792.14
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2011 Latour

96 (WS)
From £4,600 6/12 pack case(s) available

2011 Latour

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
96 (WS)
BTL
2
0
0
0
£4,600
12
MAG
0
2
0
0
£4,800
6
LiveTrade
On LiveTrade wines, as well as a selling price, we continuously quote a firm price at which we will buy the wine. These buying prices are displayed when you select the "In Bond" tab. Provided your wine is in excellent condition and stored professionally under bond, you can sell to us instantly. For even more trading options try the LiveTrade Dashboard.
CONDITION
STATUS
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YOU SELL
YOU BUY
Case (12 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
In stock
You sell
£4,330.00
Maximum 3 case(s)
You buy
£4,600.00
2 Case(s) Available
Case (6 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
You sell
£2,166.00
Maximum 6 case(s)
BIX Broking
BIX indicates the wine is being sourced from a private collection stored with Bordeaux Index. You can buy with confidence and the purchase process is the same as for our own stock.
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
YOU BUY
Case (6 x 150cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
In Stock
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£4,800.00
2 Case(s) Available

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Tasting Notes and Scores

95-97

Bordeaux Index

The level officially goes up here. The 2011 Latour is undeniably the best wine we have tasted on the left bank and completely echoes the 'iron fist in the velvet glove' reference which is so commonly applied to Latour. Quite simply this had everything the vintage could offer: ripe fruit, a glorious expression of terroir, structure, freshness, a stunningly long and multi-layered finish with laser-like precision and focus. If you love claret, but you like it traditional (that is to say fresh, elegant and medium bodied) then this is the wine for you. A genuine triumph. Bravo.

93-95

Wine Advocate

A blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Latour represents only 34% of the crop. It hit 13.1% natural alcohol. One of the vintage-s most compelling wines, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, open-knit personality with ripe tannin, superb intensity, good purity and harmony, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of crushed rock, floral and black as well as blue fruit notes in addition to hints of ink and forest floor. This beautifully rich, savory Latour will be surprisingly drinkable in 4-5 years, and should age easily for two decades or more. By the way, Latour harvested relatively late for the Medoc, beginning the harvest on September 12 and finishing on September 26. 93-95 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #200, April 2012)

94-96

Neal Martin

The Grand Vin is a blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, representing 34% of the crop. The nose demands coaxing from the glass with introspective dark berry fruit, mineral, graphite and just a hint of cedar. The palate is classic Latour with tensile tannins in the driving seat and the fruit residing in the passenger. It has finely tuned acidity that lends it freshness and tension. There is superb minerality towards the finish but it retains that strictness and focus without blinking. If you love Latour, you will love the 2011. – eRobertParker.com, May 2012

94-96

Michael Schuster

[85CS/15M] Dense, freshly ripe fruit and minerals; perfectly balanced concentrated wine with a well integrated fresh acidity and beautifully textured, super fine tannins; svelte middleweight Latour; long, ripe, juicy and open in fruit, not particularly dense but with a lovely mineral infused quality, great length of flavour, and splendid perfume; a gently mouthfilling, throatcoating wine of great poise and presence, rather than great power. Top left bank wine, and one of the wines of the vintage. 2025-45+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2012]

96

Wine Spectator

This has a gorgeous core of steeped plum, boysenberry and black currant coulis flavors, backed by a prominent graphite note that drives through the lengthy finish, where extra hints of anise and sweet tobacco flitter in the background. Regal. Best from 2018 through 2035. 5,835 cases made. – James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2014)

95

James Suckling

The nose is complex, featuring smoke, meat and hints of wood, with currants, olives and berries underneath. Full body with super-velvety tannins. The strong acidity gives the wine an edginess. Love the spicy, subtly fruity finish. Steely. Try in 2020.

18+

Jancis Robinson

Intensely Cabernet on the nose. Cool and aloof. Very round tannins and extremely dry and mineral on the end. The opposite of flashy. But in the end very complete, satisfying and true to Latour. So appetising and digestible it could almost be drunk now. Not a massive or showy wine in any way but very long and moderate (rather than modest). Certainly dry but not drying. Tannins well modulated. JR

935

Wine Lister

Quality 896 | Brand 998 | Economics 913 | buzz brand
Quality: Predicted life of 15 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2011 vintage, which averages 8 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 52 of the world's top wine lists, including Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen Economics: #2 most active wine at auction, its top 5 vintages having seen 4,896 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Lower production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017

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